Although the lives of people committed to secular aspirations clash with the lives of priests and monks who renounce worldly pleasures, both groups are strongly connected. Neither can modern people lead a meaningful life without spiritual support, nor can spiritual teachers or monks accomplish their role in worldly affairs, unless they have secular support.
Dr. Maya DoKa Mikos
Dāna दान / Fuse 布施
Dāna (Sanskrit), Fuse (Jap.) is the practice of cultivating generosity. It is the root of all life and it is not limited to the Buddhist temple, but is also practiced in ordinary life. It may take the form of giving to a person in need or the group of people in a form of philanthropic public projects. In Buddhism, Dāna is a formal religious act that is specifically aimed at a monastic or spiritually developed person. In modern times, Dana is a major source of support for Buddhist communities. It is mainly practiced through monetary compensation for religious and spiritual teaching. Through Dana, the giver cultivates unconditional generosity while practicing non-attachment and letting go. In this way, Dana has a purifying and transforming effect on the giver’s mind.
In HINOTORI, the Urban Nun Zendo, Sensei and her students practice the essence of Dana through a generous offering of time, knowledge, emotional and financial support. So far, Zendo relies solely on Dana to support Zen practice, Dharma talks, social work projects, and daily functioning.
There are many ways to give: through spiritual and emotional support, goods and services, time and talent, but also through financial support (teaching fees, donation, sponsoring etc.). Any donation is welcome and will be used for Zendo practice and initiated projects. Regardless of whether you are a private person, a company or an institution, you can donate an amount of your choice to develop a more conscious and compassionate world.
Thank you for contributing to the evolution of consciousness
How can you support Hinotori Zendo ?
Jade is valuable, whether packed in cardboard or ebony box.
To cover all expenses, including rent, utilities, food, maintenance and essential support for the teacher / Zen nun, the Zendo relies on your donations. You can support our work by donating an amount of your choice. We are grateful for any Zendo donation. Many thanks!
Tuition as donation
You can support Zendo by signing up for courses, promoting the timetable, and paying the suggested price for the lesson. Warmest thanks!
Life events donation
You can buy special present for family or friends (tea ceremony, life ceremony, consulting, meditation) or when celebrating your birthday, anniversary or wedding you can ask your guests to make a meaningful contribution by donating to Zendo instead of giving you a gift. The most sincere thanks !
Corporations can either donate by participating in Zendo's ZenQiYo programs, or they can make donations as a contribution to Zendo's vision of creating a happier world. Many thanks!
The patronage is as important for every Buddhist monk and teacher today as it was over 2,000 years ago. Without the mutual support of clerics and lay people, it is not possible to develop places that ensure that human potential is developed evenly and that intangible (compassion, spirituality and deepest human values) are not lost in the material world. Without the understanding and support of patronage, the potential of those who choose to renounce and dwell in realm of non-material, will remain unrealised and will have limited impact on the wellbeing of others.
The patron /ess may offer assistance in a monetary or non-monetary manner and at his/her own convenience. Deepest gratitude!
Other personal needs
Travel and pilgrimage costs
Health insurance or medical costs
Place (house) for Zendo / hermitage
Donation to Projects
Your donation is explicitly used for the practice and social projects performed in / by
HINOTORI, the Urban Nun Zendo, CH-8006 Zürich
The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.